Airbus critics reach low blow in forthcoming KC-Y competition

By Scott Hamilton Analysis Jan. 4, 2022, © Leeham News: The US Air Force KC-Y tanker competition hasn’t even started but Boeing partisans already have the knives out. For at least the fourth time, an OpEd appeared attacking… Read More

Tanker wars may be back

Subscription Required Introduction Dec. 10, 2018, © Leeham News: The tanker wars may be back. Airbus has teamed with Lockheed Martin to offer the Airbus A330-200MRTT to the Pentagon in a for-hire business model. The agreement also provides… Read More

One Boeing, lessons learned from P-8, KC-767 find their way in KC-46A

Part 1. Part 2 will appear July 5. July 3, 2018, © Leeham News: Boeing’s development of the KC-46A aerial refueling tanker for the US Air Force is behind schedule and over budget, but production is underway and… Read More

Boeing plots support for 747-8

March 29, 2017, (c) Leeham Co.: Boeing is going to build and buy its own 747-8Fs, then lease them as a way to keep the 747 line alive, reports Bloomberg News. With the effective shutdown by Congress of the… Read More

Air Force shouldn’t proceed with production rate decision, GAO said

 A chemical mislabeled and fueled into the first KC-46A means a delay of one month of its first flight, the USAF said yesterday. Aug. 18, 2015, (c) Leeham Co. The US Air Force should not proceed with a… Read More

Pontifications: Remaking the Armed Services

April 20, 2015, c. Leeham Co. A news item last week caught my eye about the Defense Department, defense spending and recapitalizing the US Armed Forces. I don’t normally follow defense items at Leeham News and Comment. LNC is… Read More

USAF picks 747-8 for new AF One, first delivery in 2018; end of program likely

The US Air Force has picked the Boeing 747-8 as the replacement for the 747-200-based Air Force One, reports Bloomberg News. The decision comes as absolutely no surprise. The first of two 747-8s will be delivered in 2018,… Read More

KC-46A contract “restructure,” Blue Angels grounded in Sequestration (very local to Seattle)

The US Air Force will have to “restructure” the USAF KC-46A tanker contract with Boeing if Sequestration hits on March 1, according to a new document issued today. The document doesn’t indicate what “restructure” means, but we’d guess… Read More